Thursday, 10 July 2014

War on the chieftaincy

Editor's note:  This article by His Royal Highness Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta-Manga II of the Bemba people ("Henry Kanyanta Sosala") provides important reflections on current threats facing the chieftaincy.  The article is reproduced from Lusaka Times.

Preamble

Indeed the Institution of Chiefs is on a slippery ground, unprecedented at this precise moment in the history of this country. I use the word "unprecedented" because at no previous time even during the colonial rule have the traditional and cultural rights as well as the dignity of traditional rulers been so despised as it is today.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Tribe, tribalism and culture

Editor’s note:  This article is by His Royal Highness Chitimukulu of the Bemba people (“Henry Kanyanta Sosala”). The article is first appeared on Lusaka Times

Preamble

A tribe is a political, social and economic unit; it’s like a social class in Europe in which people find their polyglot neighbours in times of distress and helpers in times of need. A tribe offered sanctuary in the old days of tribal wars. A tribe is exclusive and the only way to win acceptance is to be born into a particular tribe. This means that the people of one tribe are united by common citizenship; common language; common racial harmony and common tribal codes, most of which stretch back into pre-history but also by common bloodlines i.e., the blood of the tribe.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

A Letter from His Royal Highness Chitimukulu

A Letter To Honourable Nkandu Luo, Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs

Preamble

A concerned citizen wrote some sticking words illustrating the truth that evil schemes cannot and will never succeed:
There are few citizens in any given country of this universe whom God preserves to stand up to call a spade, a spade and sound the alarm when evil starts taking root and His people are taken for a ride.’ (The Post 1st November 2002).

Thursday, 29 August 2013

English, Education and Colonialism

Proponents of multilingual education have received high profile support in form of Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba. He is calling for local languages to be made more prominent in the education curriculum :
“We have to address this imbalance. As the PF, we are determined to see to it that we eliminate the use of English as a language of instructions in our schools and replace it with our own Zambian languages...What we have is a colonial hangover. If you remember in 1884 during the Berlin Conference to partition Africa, European countries decided to divide Africa especially Sub Saharan Africa. Some African countries were turned into English speaking nations, others became French speaking while countries like Mozambique were turned into Portuguese speaking countries. This was done in order to manage us as Africans.They had to impose this English language on our forefathers but what is shocking is that Zambian intellectuals even those at University have not raised this question that the English language has been used as a tool of captivity.”

Friday, 23 November 2012

Kalindawalo stripped, 2nd Edition

The Nsenga Cultural Association has commended President Sata for withdrawing the recognition of Mr. Everson Mumba as Senior Chief Kalindawalo. Association Chairperson Stephen Mwale says the Mr Mumba's rise to the throne was a source of upheavals. More detail via ZNBC